Esher sent out a message to National Division One title rivals Doncaster Knights as they beat Tynedale to go top of the table on Saturday.

The Molesey Road men, for whom captain Neil Sweeney was man of the match, scored eight tries to demolish the visitors 56-24 and, with the Knights losing 22-14 at Blaydon, Esher are now two points clear at the summit.

Joint coaches Ricky Nebbett and Craig Chalmers watched as Brandon Walker (2), fly half Tom Whelan, number eight Mike Macfarlane (2), prop Stewart Maguire, replacement back row Cameron Gentles and replacement scrum half Andy Garner all crossed to rack up the half century of points.

Esher head to second-placed Doncaster on Saturday.